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Help, intervention available

September 14, 2007

Adult day care services

The following adult day-care facilities are licensed by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene:

· Diakon Adult Day Services at Ravenwood, 1109 Luther Drive, Hagerstown. Call 301-791-1030.

· Easter Seals Adult Day Services, 101 E. Baltimore St., Hagerstown. A medical/social adult day-care program certified by the Maryland Office of Aging and licensed by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Call 301-745-3828.

· Washington County Health Department's Adult Evaluation and Review Services (AERS), 1302 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown. Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Helps put elderly and disabled adults in touch with services they need to remain in their communities. There is no charge for these services. Call 240-313-3350.

Child abuse intervention

· The Department of Social Services/Child Protective Services, 122 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown, investigates reports of child abuse or neglect. The Child Protective Services 24-hour number is 240-420-2222. For general information call 240-420-2100.

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Grief recovery

· Hospice of Washington County, Healing Hearts for Parents, Hospice of Washington County program offering individual support to cope with the loss of a child; Healing Hearts for Adults, for anyone over the age of 18 who has experienced the death of someone close to them; ongoing group follow-up to the Healing Hearts programs; individual and group counseling through the public school system; individual grief support counseling on site and at nursing homes and assisted-living facilities. 747 Northern Ave., Hagerstown. Call Kathy Boyd-Mansfield at 301-791-6360, or go to www.hospiceofwc.org.

Health services

· The Washington County Health Department, 1302 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown. Provides services including immunizations, WIC/nutrition, AIDS case management, breast exams, Pap tests, children's medical services and geriatric evaluation services. Call 240-313-3200.

Mental health care

· The Office of Consumer Advocates Inc., 265 Mill St., Suite 200, Hagerstown. Offers resource information and referral, peer support, advocacy and a speakers bureau. Services affiliated with the office are The Listening Line, a socialization and support line serving all ages, and Soul Haven Drop-In Center, where people can socialize in a relaxed, mutually supportive atmosphere. Call 301-790-5054.

· The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Washington County offers support, education and advocacy for families affected by mental illness. Call 301-824-7725.

Parental guidance

· The Parent-Child Center offers parenting classes Tuesdays from 6 to 8 p.m., and the Right From the Start program, matching volunteers with first-time pregnant teens. The office at 998 Potomac Ave., Hagerstown, is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call 301-791-2224.

Shelter

· Hagerstown Rescue Mission provides shelter for men and three meals a day at 125 N. Prospect St. Call 301-739-1165.

· The Salvation Army provides shelter for up to 60 days for homeless single women and women with children. The office is at 534 W. Franklin St., Hag-erstown. Call 301-733-2440.

· Community Action Council provides family shelter, food and utility bill assistance, a food bank, crisis intervention services, housing counseling and a first-time homeowners program. Hours at the 101 Summit Ave. office in Hagerstown are weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. by appointment. Call 301-797-4161.

· REACH Caregivers provides escorted transports to doctor appointments, therapy, grocery store, pharmacy, errands, etc. Volunteers perform light chores and home repairs, assist with emergency placement, eviction prevention, food, utilities, medication, etc. They install donated air conditioners to those in need and provide a shelter during winter months. REACH is at 140 W. Franklin St., Suite 300, Hagerstown. Call 301-733-2371 or go to www.reachcaregivers.org. The 24-hour crisis intervention line is 301-739-8975.

Social services

· The Department of Social Services at 122 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown, provides financial assistance to Washington County residents and protects vulnerable adults and children from abuse and neglect. Call 240-420-2100 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The agency's 24-hour hot line number is 240-420-2222.

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